New Station Snack Bar – Delicious & Affordable Zi Char along Orchard Road
Far East Plaza, once a highly raved about shopping destination has now become almost like a “dead town”. The only appealing factor that draws the crowd there is this amazing zi char stall and a few other delectable eats. I’ve been frequenting this zi char stall since my secondary school days ‘cause it’s one of the more affordable food you can find along Orchard Road and as a student, I don’t have much savings or allowance for spending. You’ll have to wait in line for 15-20 minutes during dinner time but the servers are really efficient.
Their menu is quite comprehensive but most people flock here for their salted egg pork ribs! The Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice ($6) is executed really well. The pork rib was tender and easy to chew but we would have been slightly more satisfied if it consisted of a little crispiness. The sauce, on the other hand, was so wonderful, featuring the right balance of rich creaminess and aroma. There were curry leaves which enhanced its fragrance and chilli padi that gave it a good kick. This beautiful sauce didn’t taste gelat at all and we enjoyed every mouthful. We would highly recommend this dish to anyone who’s in town and wants some enjoyable yet affordable food.
We also tried the Claypot Beef Bee Tai Mak ($6.50) which was my personal favourite as I’m a huge fan of bee tai mak! This dish is super satisfying, especially so on rainy days. Usually, bee tai mak is served in a clear soup but who knew it could be so tasty when served in a mini “cauldron”? The wok hei was fantastic, with the slippery mouse-tail noodles full of smokey aroma. Its gravy was very flavoursome with generous slices of succulent beef that soaked the gravy up really well and the vegetables that are cooked within added a good textural crunch to the dish.
Every zi char meal isn’t complete without vegetables and hot plate tofu so we shared a plate of Bean Sprout with Salted Fish ($7) and one Hot Plate (Dou Foo) Bean Curd ($11). While the former was a tad too saltish, we loved the crunchiness of the bean sprouts. The latter, on the other hand, was an eggy goodness as the beancurd was spread over a layer of omelette, together with some prawns and other vegetables. The gravy that drenched these items was savoury and not too starchy. We wanted to order their sambal kangkong but we arrived too late and this item was already sold out but here’s our verdict from previous meals – you need lots and lots of water! The sambal kangkong is extremely spicy that it has to be eaten with rice!
New Station Snack Bar might not look very attractive but the food they serve are really of good standard. You might feel a little uncomfortable though, for they try to assign you seats that are right beside others in order to clear the queues forming in front of their eatery at a faster rate. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to hold private conversations, this ain’t it.
New Station Snack Bar
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-95, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Phone: 6734 2862
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am to 9pm. Sat 11.30am to 9.30pm. Closed on alternate Sundays (usually 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month).
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.